While February may seem a bit of a dead month for gardening and often sees the worst of the winter weather, there’s plenty you can be getting on with in terms of planting, pruning and preparation for Spring.
Vegetables. Brussels sprouts, leeks, onions and potatoes garlic cabbage broccoli cauliflowers.
Fruits. You can start planting berries in February to enjoy later in spring and summer.
Herbs that are good for February planting include rosemary, bay, thyme and sage.
Bulbs. You can get ahead by planting bulbs in February but if it’s a particularly wet one and the ground is a bit boggy, plant bulbs in pots and containers instead. Good ones for February include lilies, agapanthus and nerines – fantastic scent in late summer.
Seeds. It's too early to plant lots of seeds outside, but you can get ahead of the game and plant seeds in propagators in February. Good ones are kale, lettuce and tomatoes.
Bedding Plants. If you've got a frost-free heated greenhouse, shed or conservatory, then bedding plants are also great to be getting on with this month – ideal for the preparation of your Spring hanging baskets.
Aside from planting, February is a good time to do a bit of a tidy up, with some pruning, potting and dividing up of plants for new spring growth:
Prune winter-blooming shrubs like winter jasmine and heathers - once they've finished flowering.
Pot up containers with hardy spring bedding, such as primroses, bellis and forget-me-nots. You'll find these appearing in pots and beds now anyway, and you can divide them and spread them out to give them more room for Spring growth.
Divide congested clumps of herbaceous perennials and grasses and spread them out a bit for lots of new growth in the Spring. You can also divide up clumps of snowdrops quite successfully after flowering.
Notcutts has absolutely everything you need to get Spring ready in February, and their dedicated and hugely knowledgable staff are on hand to give you the best advice for your garden.